Frankfurt Airport handled more than 56 million passengers during 2011 – 6.5% more than a year earlier – as December alone saw a record of more than 4 million passengers use the gateway.
For the first time ever, the German hub served more than four million passengers during a December month – 4.35 million passengers – which was an increase of 12.2% on a year earlier.
Meanwhile, aircraft movements at Frankfurt Airport also saw a new record in December, climbing by 12.3% to 38,326 takeoffs and landings.
Elsewhere, however, the gateway’s airfreight volume reached 167,970 metric tonnes, down 6.5% compared with December 2010.
Despite the inevitable effect of the adverse weather in December 2010, passenger traffic at the airport still grew by about 5% in December 2011.
Over the year as a whole, Frankfurt Airport handled 56.44 million passengers which was a 6.5% increase on 2010.
Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport, said: “The inauguration of Frankfurt's new runway had a very positive effect on traffic development and showed how important this capacity investment is for the positive further development of this economic hub.”
Aircraft movements for 2011 grew by 4.9 % to 487,162 takeoffs and landings, however, cargo at the gateway in 2011 slipped by 2.8% to 2.17 million metric tonnes.
In addition, Fraport's majority-owned foreign airports – which include Antalya, Burgas, Lima, and Varna airports – continued to contribute to the airport company's successful year.
Combined, the group's five majority-owned airports handled a total of 96.63 million passengers in 2011, a 9.1% increase year-on-year, while aircraft movements soared by 7.1% to 816,330 takeoffs and landings.
Turkey’s Antalya Airport handled the most passengers with 24.96 million passengers in 2011 - up 12.7%.